European delegation visited HDP deputies on hunger strike in Amed

A European delegation will be in Kurdistan today to follow the local elections and will visit the HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven  who has been on hunger strike for 144 days as well as the other deputies fasting. 

Members of the Green Federal Party of Germany, Die Linke Hamburg Group and youth organizations, Swedish Social Democratic Party, members of the Italian association AVK Association and COBAS union, members of the British Friendship Group, members of the Left Party of France and members of the Brötanya Kurdish Friendship Association, members of the Norwegian Solidarity Group, members of the Red Party, the Swedish Left Party President, members and deputies from Zurich visited activists on hunger strikes, demanding the removal of isolation from Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan.

They were all invited by the HDP to observe the local elections in the cities of Kurdistan. 

The delegation first visited HDP deputies Dersim Dağ, Tayip Temel and Murat Sarısaç who are on hunger strike in the party’s provincial building. During the visit, accompanied by the co-spokesperson of the HDP Foreign Relations Commission, Feleknas Uca, the deputies on hunger strikes were applauded by the delegation for a long time.

Temel said: “Everywhere there is lawlessness and injustice there should be resistance. There is no law respected when it comes to the Kurdish leader in İmralı. Mr. Ocalan is being held in solitary confinement. This isolation is a serious problem in terms of all democratic forces in Turkey and the world.”

Stating that more than 7000 detainees are on hunger strike in prison, Temel added: “We have one demand: Mr. Öcalan must be granted the right to be visited by his lawyers and family.”

Temel continued: “The state is a state everywhere and it defends its own interests. This visit is very important, because you can replicate our voice at international level. Turkey is ignoring all human values. Those institutions like the CPT and the Council of Europe that could put pressure on Turkey, prefer to stay silent.”

Reminding the deportation of some observer delegations that had come to Turkey to observe the local elections, Temel said: "You have personally seen and experienced pressures. You saw the non-democratic regime in Turkey. It is enough for us that you report what you have seen. We will resist and surely succeed, but your support is very important for us.”

The delegation then visited Leyla Güven.